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Today I had a very good Skype with Steve and Tara. We worked through some timeline ideas and made a plan to work through writing Chapters 1-5 of the thesis. The goal is to submit the first draft of the exegesis by 20th December.
To start this process of created Version 1 of the thesis document.
Summary of the Discussion:
“ put the problem into the work”
In my professional practice as a musician, composer and educator, I have worked extensively with Dance students to create original musical works for choreography. As rewarding as this has been, there has been a limited input into the musical content from the dancers perspective. At best, I may get an emotive description of what the Dancers are going for and in most cases the artist would prefer you to compose the musical content in isolation. There maybe some review, but generally the dancer/choreographer will choreograph to the fixed composition. I have become increasingly interested in the dancer as a musician. Musical content created in real-time by the performer. This is not a new concept and there are many examples of systems that are in place to allow Dancers to control sonic media through the movement of their body within a defined space. The prohibitive factor in many of these systems is the requirement for both costly hardware and software. My research looks to provide a suite of tools for movement controlled and composed sonic media with readily available and cost effective solutions.
Mark has been awarded for his outstanding contribution to education by the Australian College of Educators (http://austcolled.com.au). Mark received a nomination for this award for innovation and excellence in his field of Creative and Performing Arts. The award will be conferred in Sydney on The 4th August.
The proliferation of the smart phone around the world in the past 10 years has been quite astonishing. Is commonplace for people of all ages in particular students and teachers to have access to a smart phone. The devices are in effect powerful handheld computers the container number of high-powered processes and on-board sensors that can relay data. Although this data is intended work with the commercially available software and the features of the particular phone it is also possible to access utilise this data and to control performance based software. By using OSC it is possible to capture and route a variety of control data into a networked computer. A software package such as Max/MSP from the developers Cycling 74 has the flexibility to route this data, scale it to appropriate standards and then implement the data in the control of MIDI based hardware or software devices.
Here is my sampling setup:
Today I had an excellent 3 way Skype with Tara Brabazon and Steve Redhead. We discussed the individual contribution to knowledge that my research will offer. We also talked about situating the research in a regional context. Shortly a podcast will be available of this discussion.
Keeping up with changing technology whilst attempting to settle on a software prototype presents a challenge. At what point do you fix your work in time knowing that some of the inherent limitations of the system you have been developing might very well be addressed in the near future. This has had a presence in my work.
Wearable technologies are moving further ahead – Apple Watch now has the added functionality of GPS, increased processing power and a number of “under the hood” refinements. One developer has created an App to use the Watch as an interface to transmit simple on/off data which when routed through an iPhone allows this data to control MIDI based applications such as the system I am developing.
Although this is a fairly primitive implementation of the Watch functionality it does demonstrate some basic possibilities. As my research and development is based around playability and movement tracking this current application has limited appeal to me other than a way of potentially triggering simple on/off commands. If this application expands to access accelerometer data then the potential integration into me system would be possible.
Watch App – OSC – remokonwatch – Masayuki Akamatsu